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Top Malaysian court orders ex-PM Najib to begin final appeal

Aug. 16, 2022 06:08 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday to begin his final appeal in two days after rejecting his request that it throw out his graft conviction and 12-year sentence over alleged judicial bias. Najib has sought to...

Germany flying 6 fighters 8K miles in 24 hours to Singapore

Aug. 16, 2022 04:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A group of German air force fighter jets neared Singapore on Tuesday in a marathon bid to fly them some 12,800 kilometers (8,000 miles) from their home base to Southeast Asia in just 24 hours. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions between China and the...

UN envoy travels to strife-torn Myanmar for the first time

Aug. 16, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Myanmar traveled to the Southeast Asian nation Monday for the first time since she was appointed to the post last October. The trip by Noeleen Heyzer followed the U.N. Security Council’s latest call for an immediate end to all...

Myanmar court convicts Suu Kyi on more corruption charges

Aug. 15, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on more corruption charges on Monday, adding six years to her earlier 11-year prison sentence, a legal official said. The trial was held behind closed doors, with no access...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

Aug. 15, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments...

Dutch court expects November verdicts in MH17 downing trial

Aug. 15, 2022 08:29 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Verdicts in the Dutch trial in absentia of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are expected to be delivered on Nov. 17, the court announced Monday. The court said the date is...

Myanmar court convicts ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in more corruption cases, adds six years to prison sentence

Aug. 15, 2022 05:50 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar court convicts ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi in more corruption cases, adds six years to prison sentence.

Philippines eyes US helicopters after scrapping Russian deal

Aug. 15, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials are considering a U.S. offer to provide heavy-lift helicopters like its widely used Chinooks after Manila scrapped a deal to buy military choppers from Russia due to fears of Western sanctions, the Philippine ambassador to Washington said Monday. ...

Malaysia ex-PM begins final bid to toss out graft conviction

Aug. 15, 2022 03:58 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's top court Monday began hearing a final appeal by former Prime Minister Najib Razak to toss out his graft conviction linked to the massive looting of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad state fund. He would become Malaysia's first former prime...

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake shakes part of eastern Indonesia

Aug. 14, 2022 04:44 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An undersea earthquake shook part of eastern Indonesia on Sunday, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage. The U.S. Geological Survey said the 5.7-magnitude quake struck about 158 kilometers (98 miles) off Laikit village in North...